London Aspires to be a Walker’s Paradise


London is serious about pedestrian traffic. So serious that it devised a plan more than a decade ago to make its streets more accessible and attractive to walkers. The “Walking Plan for London” includes these goals to make the city among the world’s most walkable by 2015:

— a ten percent increase in walking trips under two miles

— a ten percent boost in the number of trips made by foot and per person

— foster more awareness about walking in London and increase per capita walking rates to levels higher than in other cities

The original walking plan for London was adopted in 2004 by then-Mayor Ken Livingstone. It recommended that pedestrian needs be factored into all public and private development.

An “Improving Walkability” report issued in 2005 detailed additional steps the city can take to accommodate pedestrians.


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